COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Life’s Too Short: The Complete First Season Review

Created: 01/02/2013 10:09 AM KSTP.com By: Aaron Chalich

“The Office” is one of my favorite shows on television and I don’t know how many people know that it is based off of the BBC television show with the same name. It was created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant who won a Golden Globe for the series. 


I just finished watching a review copy from HBO Home Entertainment of the first season of Ricky and Stephen’s latest series called “Life’s Too Short: The Complete First Season” on DVD.

I had never seen it before and I absolutely loved it. I thought it was very entertaining and very witty. “Life’s Too Short” stars Warwick Davis who was in “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi,” “Willow,” and “The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy.” 

It is a fake documentary that follows Warwick who is trying to jumpstart his acting career again. 

Warwick also owns a business that helps other little people get roles in showbiz and he hires a very interesting secretary who isn’t too bright at all. Warwick is also going through a messy divorce and has owes hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes. 

The documentary shows all of Warwick’s attempts to get another acting job and all of the humiliating and uncomfortable situations that he puts himself through to do it. 

“Life’s Too Short: The Complete First Season” is rated TV-MA because of the language and some of the adult situations that are shown. 

There are ten episodes in the first series and each one has a celebrity guest appearance. They are usually people who Warwick ends up running into or working with. Plus he visits Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s office regularly hoping that they can help him get an acting job. Some of the celebrities that appear in “Life’s Too Short,” are Johnny Depp, Liam Nesson, Sting, Steve Carell, Helen Bonham Carter, and Cat Deeley.

I thought that the actors were all great and play very interesting roles in “Life’s Too Short.” The directing and Warwick’s acting make the documentary look very real and you would swear it was a real reality television series.

Plus the celebrity guests do an amazing job. There is a scene where Liam Neeson stops by Ricky and Stephen’s office with Warwick sitting in there and Liam tells them that he wants to start doing stand-up comedy. He starts telling some of his jokes and they are very bad and offensive.

I didn’t know how they could have shot that scene with a straight face, but after watching the making of the “Life’s Too Short” you learn that it took several takes, because everyone kept laughing.

The DVD contains all ten episodes of the first season, plus a bunch of special features that I thought were very entertaining to watch. They include:

I really enjoyed HBO Home Entertainment’s “Life’s Too Short: The Complete First Season” a lot. It was a great spoof of reality shows and I really liked how it looked like a real documentary. Warwick and the other entire cast do an amazing job making everything look believable. 

I pretty much watched the entire first season in one sitting, because I thought it was so interesting and entertaining. I wanted to see more of the uncomfortable situations Warwick put himself through trying to find an acting job. I think that if you are looking for a new show that is very cleverly written, you should check out “Life’s Too Short: The Complete First Season.”

Aaron Chalich is a columnist for KSTP.com blogging about the latest entertainment news.